The legislation creating the Department of Fire Services also created the Massachusetts Fire Service Commission. The Commission is statutorily charged with the appointment of the State Fire Marshal; promulgation of regulations and policies pertaining to the operation of the Office of the State Fire Marshal (Division of Fire Safety); review of the annual budget developed by the Office of the State Fire Marshal (Division of Fire Safety); advising the Office of the State Fire Marshal (Division of Fire Safety) regarding state and national fire codes; and consulting with the Massachusetts Fire Training Council to develop standards for fire investigation and certification. The eight-member Commission is composed of the Secretary of Public Safety and Security (ex-officio) and seven appointed members as follows: four fire chiefs, one captain, one firefighter, and one member of the insurance industry. Contact the Commission at (978) 567-3118.

In 1998 the Massachusetts Fire Service Commission undertook an initiative to create an annual award to recognize and honor the Commonwealth's firefighters for years of service. This award came to fruition and the Massachusetts Firefighter Service Award was announced in February of 1999. Sincere appreciation is expressed to Fire Service Commission members Chief Paul McCaffrey of the Watertown Fire Department and Firefighter David Coleman of the Lynn Fire Department for their tireless efforts in making this award a reality. In addition, the Commission would like to thank the major fire service organizations for without their cooperation, this idea would not have come to fruition.

In an effort to further enhance the professionalism of Fire Chiefs throughout the Commonwealth, the Massachusetts Fire Service Commission has established a process of credentialing Fire Chiefs. It is not the intent of the Commission to set standards or qualifications for an individual to hold the designation of Massachusetts Fire Chief but to established credentials based on education, training and experience criteria relevant to serving as Fire Chief. The Commission has also established requirements for maintaining the designation of Credentialed Massachusetts Fire Chief.

This credentialing program is solely administered by the Massachusetts Fire Service Commission. Any current Chief of Department or Chief Officer shall be eligible to apply for credentialing. Additionally, in fire departments where there are less than three Chief Officers, those persons holding the next lower rank in that department shall also be eligible to apply for credentialing. Participation in this program is voluntary and all eligible personnel are encouraged to participate.

One copy of the Fire Chief Credentialing Program Application must be completed and submitted with all required documentation to:


Massachusetts Fire Service Commission
Attn: Alanna Malatos
Department of Fire Services
PO Box 1025
Stow, MA 01775

Applications and accompanying documentation will remain on file and will not be returned to the applicant.

Chairman Chief David T. ButlerRepresentative of Fire Chiefs' Association of Massachusetts
Community from Metro District 13
Edward A. KellyRepresentative of Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts
Chief John F. NashRepresentative of Fire Chiefs' Association of Massachusetts
Fully Paid Fire Department
John K. GolembeskiRepresentative of the Insurance Industry
Chief Alan J. RoyRepresentative of the Fire Chiefs' Association of Massachusetts
Part Paid, Part Call Fire Department
Chief Michael A. MorrisseyRepresentative of Fire Chiefs' Association of Massachusetts
Full Call Fire Department
Captain Michael J. McCulloughRepresentative of Massachusetts Call and Volunteer Firefighters Association
Daniel BennettSecretary, Executive Office of Public Safety and Security(Ex-Officio)
Undersecretary Patrick McMurray
Lorie AndersonAdministrative Support